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Schottish \Schot"tish\, Schottische \Schot"tische\,, n. [F. schottish, schotisch from G. schottisch Scottish, Scotch.] A Scotch round dance in 2-4 time, similar to the polka, only slower; also, the music for such a dance; -- not to be confounded with the ['E]cossaise.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

round dance resembling a polka, 1849, from German Schottische, from schottische (tanz) "Scottish (dance)," from Schotte "a native of Scotland," from Old High German Scotto, from Late Latin Scottus (see Scot). The pronunciation is French.


n. A partnered country dance of Bohemian origin.

  1. n. music performed for dancing the schottische

  2. a German round dance resembling a slow polka


The schottische is a partnered country dance, that apparently originated in Bohemia. It was popular in Victorian era ballrooms as a part of the Bohemian folk-dance craze and left its traces in folk music of countries such as Argentina (" chotis" and " chamamé"), Finland (" jenkka"), France, Italy, Norway (""), Portugal and Brazil ( xote, ), Spain (chotis), Sweden, Denmark ("schottis"), and the United States, among other nations. The schottische is considered by The Oxford Companion to Music to be a kind of slower polka, with continental-European origin.

The schottische basic step is made up of two sidesteps to the left and right, followed by a turn in four steps. In some countries, the sidesteps and turn are replaced by Strathspey hopping steps.

Schottisches danced in Europe (in the context of a bal folk), where they originated, are different from how they are danced in the United States. The European (or Continental) version (often called "skoteesh"), is typically danced to faster music and is quite restrained in its movements. The American version is often large and open, with the first part expressed equally as promenades, individual or led twirls or similar moves, and the second part most often expressed as a close pivot. It seems to be mostly referred to as a "shodish".

Usage examples of "schottische".

I have a nightmare vision of our whole act coming to a massive orgiastic climax on October 25th: Two thousand costumed freaks doing the schottische, in perfect unison, in front of the County Courthouse.

You and Hammond can dance the Highland Schottische on Striding Edge in June, if you like.

I am not up to waltzing or any of the newfangled round dances, but give me a Highland schottische, or a square dance, when there is an inventive genius to call off the figures and prescribe plenty of variety.

Even the clouds in the sky sailed slowly along in time to a stately march in her brain, or danced to the tune of a merry schottische that sounded for her ears alone.

One of the reasons she had retreated from the dance floor was that she had felt her partners were pushing her around like a broom rather than leading her through schottisches and waltzes.

And to all the other music you play for artistes in motion: Liszt for the elephant, Wagner marches, schottisches, whatever.

If I hear that Tiptree got his well-earned bit of Lucite, I shall grin like the Cheshire Cat, I shall be all grin, I shall dance little schottisches and reels in the kitchen and sing I THOUGHT there was justice somewhere!

I attended private parties in sumptuous evening dress, simpered and aired my graces like a born beau, and polkad and schottisched with a step peculiar to myself--and the kangaroo.

Mink Schottische, I can give you the Beaver Mazurka, the Lynx Lancers, the Chinchilla Polka or the Ermine Redowa.

They teach you the schottische and folk dances and the teacher always says things like, 'First you do this and then move this arm that way.

The Neon did a tango, a schottische, and a Virginia reel, but somehow came to a stop in a cloud of dust and gravel.